Hungry Means Healthy
Monday, March 26, 2012
Key Bible Verses: Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:2-3, NIV) Dig Deeper: Psalm 119:33-40
The Bible is the most amazing document ever given to man. Technically speaking, it is not one book but 66 books written over 1,600 years by kings and peasants, philosophers and fishermen, poets and statesmen. Each of the writers was inspired by God to write down his Word. They were not the authors; God was. He breathed each word (2 Tim. 3:16, NIV).
Why is it, then, that so many believers fail to open their Bibles? Could it be that many Christians simply lack a spiritual hunger for the truth?
One way for a doctor to know whether a person is healthy is to check his or her appetite. If a person lacks an appetite, it usually means something is wrong. In the same way, when a Christian doesn’t have an appetite for the Word of God, something is probably wrong. Some Christians see reading God’s Word as a duty, even an obligation. But that changes when they see the difference the Word makes in their daily lives.
Hungry Christians are healthy Christians. [See Today’s Key Bible
Verses.] To desire the pure milk of the Word means that we intensely want to grow. If we are not making spiritual progress, then it is possible we’re not hungry enough for the Word.
—Greg Laurie in Let God Change Your Life
My Response: What about my own spiritual health? Am I currently hungry for God’s Word or have I lost my spiritual appetite?
Adapted from Let God Change Your Life (David C. Cook, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher.
Prayer for the Week
Lord, may I strive to not only read your Word regularly, but to also study it carefully and apply it more consistently.
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